Strawberries! I have to admit that this title is a little bit misleading but, tell me, have you I struggled with the same frustrations as me? You buy some delicious, ripe red strawberries in quantity, expecting to have use of them for several days. Then, much too soon, you discover that half of those beauties are all fuzzy. Yes, they are spoiled! So, what can you do to get more life out of them?
First lesson: DO NOT WASH THEM - not until you are going to use them. The water shortens their shelflife bigtime. Simply keep them in a cool place on the counter and do nothing until you are ready to make your move - just don't wait too long.
Lesson #2: I have finally come to the conclusion that the most cost-effective method that tastes really good is to freeze them. Use all of the fresh ones that you can immediately but plan on freezing the rest within 24-48 hours after you bring them in the door. The only good reason to wait is if they are not all yet ripe. In that case, freeze the ripe ones and give the rest another 12-24 hours on the counter. Then freeze them, too.
How To Freeze Fresh Strawberries1. Cut the tops off the strawberries, first.
2. Rinse them under cool clean water.
3. Lay them out on a clean towel to dry or pat them dry with a paper towel.
4. Place the strawberries in a single layer on a freezer-safe plate or cookie tray that fits in your freezer.
5. Freeze them for 2-3 hours or over night.
6. Remove the frozen strawberries from the tray and place in a freezer bag.
7. Put the bag of strawberries back into the freezer. It is that easy!
Now you have delicious strawberries whenever you want them. Thaw them to top with whipped cream as a quick dessert. Make them into any of a number of strawberry dessert recipes. Even pop a couple of frozen berries into some ice water for a cool, refreshing drink! Use your imagination :) Got any ideas?
This smoothie recipe is one of my favorites!